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Around the minors 4.15.10

BUFFALO 3, PAWTUCKET 2 (10 INNINGS): Rehabbing Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six scoreless innings, but Fernando Martinez gave the Bisons their first walk-off win of the season when he drove home Alex Cintron in the bottom of the 10th inning. Buffalo, trailing 2-0, got a leadoff single by Ike Davis in the seventh to set the stage for slugger Mike Hessman. Behind in the count 1-2, Hessman smacked a two-run homer to right-center field off reliever Dustin Richardson for his International League-leading fourth homer. Hessman now has 315 career minor league homers. In the 10th, Cintron hit the first pitch up the middle for a single. Ruben Tejada sacrifice bunted and Josh Thole drew a two-out walk to prolong the inning. Martinez then drove a sharp grounder off the glove of PawSox first baseman Jorge Jimenez. The ball trickled into right field as Cintron raced home with the game-winning run. Elmer Dessens (2-0), who tossed two scoreless relief innings, earned the win. Manny Acosta and Mike O'Connor also contributed scoreless relief behind Pat Misch, who allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Russ Adams left the game in the top of the third inning after a hard take-out slide at second base by Tug Hulett. Adams has a left knee bruise and is day-to-day. Davis went 1-for-3 with a walk and has now reached base twice in all but one game.

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6: Nick Evans smashed a three-run homer and the Binghamton bullpen made a one-run margin hold up in the final two innings. Evans also doubled and scored twice. Binghamton (5-3) entered the fourth down 3-1. Luis Hernandez opened the inning by drawing a walk off Fisher Cats starter Zach Stewart. After Mike Nickeas struck out, Jose Coronado singled up the middle, putting runners at first and second. Kirk Nieuwenhuis moved the runners up with a groundout to the right side. Evans then came to the plate a smoked a hanging slider from Stewart over the left-field wall to give the B-Mets a 4-3 advantage. In the fifth, Binghamton added three more runs. Zach Lutz led off by smashing a two-strike fastball off the batter’s eye in center field for a homer, his second this season. With one out, Hernandez singled and was driven home by Nickeas, who doubled down the third-base line. After Stewart exited, reliever Trystan Magnuson struck out Coronado. Nieuwenhuis then drove a double down the line in left to plate Nickeas, giving the B-Mets a 7-3 advantage. B-Mets starter Scott Shaw departed after completing five innings. The 23-year-old allowed three runs over five innings and struck out five while posting his first win. New Hampshire (4-3) fought back with a pair of runs in the sixth off reliever Clint Everts, who struggled with his command in his return after clearing waivers. The right-hander worked just a third of an inning and allowed two hits, a walk and threw a wild pitch that scored a run. Ahead by two runs, Binghamton turned to Roy Merritt. The left-hander promptly recorded the final two outs in the sixth and proceeded to throw the seventh and the eighth innings for his longest outing since Aug. 30, 2008, when he threw three innings of relief for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Merritt did allow a run to score in the seventh on Brad Emaus' RBI single that got the Fisher Cats within a run. However, in the ninth, John Lujan slammed the door on New Hampshire with a 1-2-3 inning, including a pair of strikeouts, for his second save.

PALM BEACH 7, ST. LUCIE 5: The St. Lucie Mets failed to complete a three-game sweep as the game started off fast and furious for both teams. The Cardinals jumped on Mets starter Robert Carson. After Carson struck out the first batter, seven of the next eight Cardinals reached base. Carson left with two outs in the inning after allowing six runs. He was relieved by Rhiner Cruz. Cruz allowed one inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning. The Mets came to bat in the bottom of the first inning already in a 7-0 hole. St. Lucie answered with five runs in its half to complete the game's scoring. The first five Mets hitters reached base. Stefan Welch singled home Emmanuel Garcia for the Mets' first run. Richard Lucas added an RBI single. Eric Campbell followed with a two-run double, cutting the lead to 7-4. Josh Satin then drove in Campbell. Neither starting pitcher was able to escape the first inning. The Cardinals were held to two hits the rest of the game. The Mets had several subsequent opportunities, putting multiple runners on base with less than two outs, but could not capitalize. Cruz tossed 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. Jimmy Johnson tossed two nearly flawless innings, walking one batter while striking out three. Elvin Ramirez finished the game, throwing the final two frames and allowing only one hit. Garcia, Jordany Valdespin, Welch and Satin had two hits apiece.

SAVANNAH 4, AUGUSTA 1: The Sand Gnats (4-4) snapped their four-game losing streak, scoring in the bottom of the first to taking their first lead of the series. Rafael Fernandez walked with one out, advanced to third on Wilmer Flores’ single and scored on Jeff Flagg’s sacrifice fly. Savannah extended its lead to 3-0 an inning later. Dock Doyle led off with a walk. Cesar Puello followed with a single that Augusta right fielder Jose Medina had bounce by him and roll to the wall for a two-base error. The error allowed Doyle to score from first and Puello to land on third base. Puello then scored on an RBI groundout by designated hitter Alex Gregory. After the GreenJackets scored in the fifth, the Gnats completed the game’s scoring in the bottom half of the inning when Flores singled through the hole on the left side of the infield, driving in third baseman Rylan Sandoval. Flores finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Gnats starter Mark Cohoon improved to 2-0 by holding Augusta to one run on four hits in six innings. The Gnats’ bullpen combined for three scoreless innings.